“I woke up with this marble head in my hands;
it exhausts my elbows and I don’t know where to put it down.
It was falling into the dream as I was coming out of the dream
so our life became one and it will be very difficult for it to separate again.”
- George Seferis
But somewhere along the line, you changed. You stopped being you. You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you you’re no good.
“I beheld the wretch- the miserable monster I had created” -Shelly
Like everyone else has said tonight, the “monster” is the stereotypes that society has created and what most individuals learn. In Staples’ essay, the stereotype that affects him is that “black males are dangerous.” That sadly has/had an impact in his everyday life because people do/did not know how to coexist with a man that happens to have really dark skin. It is really cliche to say not to judge a book by its cover but it is true.
Bringing it back to the quote, Shelly says that she sees her “monster” that she created in a remorseful manner. It is like she’s acknowledging the fact that it is wrong to create ugly stereotypes yet they are still there, they still impact the daily lives of fellow humans, and we do not do anything about them.
Even though we formulate our own thoughts our opinions are still affected by who/what surrounds us, the way we are raised, the place we live. It is impossible to avoid prejudices and stereotypes because that’s just the way it is.